“In my 40 years of practice I’ve seen many difficult cases but I’ve never felt the Eighth Amendment had a negative impact on the safe practice of medicine.” Dr John Monaghan is a retired obstetrician and gynaecologist.
“It is not easy to be pro-life as a medical student. Some may criticise my stance, others may support me, but I chose a career in medicine to save lives.” Clare Crowley, 27, is a final year medical student at the University of Limerick.
"Some people say you can’t be a feminist unless you support abortion. Yet there are many women like me who consider ourselves feminists but also respect life from conception.” Emma Sisk, from Co. Tipperary, is a communications officer for the Irish Bishops’ Conference
"If the Eighth Amendment is repealed it will have en impact, not only on the general public, but those of us working on the health sector whose duty is always to save lives." Eilish Butler, 27, is a nurse from Innishannon. Co. Cork
“The doctors told us our baby had a ‘fatal foetal abnormality’ and that they were 100% certain that our baby wouldn’t live. We were told there was no hope at all.” Sinéad McBreen with her daughter Grace from Bailieborough, Co. Cavan
“I’m challenged on my views a lot because I’m a man. There are some who feel I shouldn’t have an opinion. As a father, I say we should all have a voice in this debate. It’s a family issue at heart” Séan Feeney with his son Aaron from Castleknock, Dublin 15
“I’m so thankful the Eighth Amendment was there to protect me from making a quick and rash decision when I was experiencing a crisis pregnancy” Emma Maloney, 25, from Co. Kildare, pictured with her son Rossa
“To be a mother is an opportunity for a lifetime of love. To be a mother to a baby with a terminal illness is no less a privilege. It is an extraordinary opportunity for a deep and lasting love.” Clíona Johnson, from Dublin, whose son John Paul lived for just 17 minutes
“As a society we need to ensure that every human life is loved and protected, especially at its most vulnerable and defenceless stage” Luke Silke, 19, is a writer and historian from Co Galway
“We are proud that the Eighth Amendment represented by Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution creates a truly equal society, recognising both the rights of the mother and the unborn.” James and Ann-Marie Mahon from Tullamore, Co. Offaly
“I hope that together we can work towards protecting Ireland’s Eighth Amendment. It is a law that has protected hundreds of thousands of Irish lives.” Sarah Moynihan, 21, is a student from Co. Meath.
“As a man it can be difficult to discuss the idea of abortion when it is so commonly referred to as a ‘woman’s right’. Men can often feel like they should remain silent on the issue.” Richie Fenton, 28, is an architect from Co. Waterford.
“I think we really need to stand up and shed light on what we have in our Irish culture, which is a very deep respect and love for all our citizens whether born or unborn.” Tracy Harkin, from Co. Down, with daughter Kathleen Rose
Obedience is a central theme in the Book of Deuteronomy. However, unlike the rigid understanding of obedience as fulfilling orders and commands in order to avoid penalties, here we have obedience expressed through love. Love and obedience set us free from what can be a tiny and selfish environment, and [...]
Spirituality – Regina Cassidy
A good friend of mine, someone who works in the Church, often talks
with me about the retreats that she has been on. She describes her daily prayer–quiet times of meditation and contemplation. I sit and listen in awe, mixed [...]
That families in need may receive the necessary support and that children may grow up in healthy and peaceful environments.
Pope Francis – March 2016
The Pope Video is a new and global initiative launched by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – Apostleship of Prayer
The second release of The Pope’s Video focuses on Care of Creation. That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations.
The Pope Video is a new and global initiative launched by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – [...]
The Pope has made a revolutionary move with the introduction of his very own video to promote prayer worldwide for his monthly intention. This is the first of twelve to be launched in the months ahead.
In this two minute film he calls powerfully on people [...]
In Psalm 91, we read,
“Those who love me, I will deliver; I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them; I will be with them in trouble, I will rescue them and honour them.” (Psalm 91:14-15)
The above psalm [...]